Most people associate hair surgery with the top of the head. This is not always the case though, and there are plenty of people for who facial hair restoration is the best option. Many men and women suffer from facial hair loss even though it is not as readily recognised in the same way as male patter baldness , it is still a concern for many people. When hair loss occurs on the face it can be even more of a concern for the person involved as the face is an area of so much more focus than the top of the head. The face is so prominent that the condition can cause the sufferer a great deal of embarrassment and psychological stress. Scars and accidents can also cause visible damage that may be succesfully treated using follicle transplant techniques. Sideburns, moustache and beard areas can all be transplanted using a variety of surgical techniques.
How does a beard transplant work ?
Transplantation is currently the only permanent solution for facial hair loss. During the surgery, the patient is both the hair donor and recipient of the process. Usually hair is removed from the most suitable area on the face or head and transplanted to the affected area. It is taken from here as the hair is naturally pre disposed to grow for life so will never need to be worried about again. It will grow as normal and need to be trimmed and manicured as normal. With time, there will be no visible tales of transplantation ever having taken place. Transplanted hair goes through exactly the same growing phases as the rest of your hair. The hairs of the transplanted grafts will begin to grow at approximately 4 months after your procedure and continue through months 10 – 12 post operatively.
Types of beard transplant.
There are two main types of transplant procedure.
- FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction)
- FUT (Follicular Unit Transplantation).
FUE involves removing follicles from healthy hair in the scalp, and carefully grafting it onto the facial areas that lack the hair density required by the patient. FUE is generally a preferred method as it minimises the chance of scarring. FUT however, harvests a strip of skin from a healthy part of the scalp such as the back or sides, and transfers these hair follicles onto the face through a number of grafts. Surgeons help to ensure careful placement of the grafts to help with a natural appearance, focusing mainly on angle and direction.
Once the beard transplant has been completed and the new hair follicles have grown back, the new beard can be trimmed and groomed as you please, without leaving any baldness or patches. The results are permanent, and a difference can be seen immediately, although it can take up to a few months for the results to be final. Different styles of beard transplant require a different number of grafts, and surgeons will match the best technique with the desired outcome.